Soil and Water Conservation Specialist

 Soil and Water Conservation Specialist

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization

Apply By: 02 May 2019

Location: New Delhi(Delhi)

About the Organization:

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate arguments and debate policy.FAO is also a source of knowledge and information, and helps developing countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices, ensuring good nutrition and food security for all. The FAO has 197 member states

Job Description:

The Fostering Climate Resilient Upland Farming Systems in the North East (FOCUS) Project (UTF/IND/196/IND) will address the issues facing jhum cultivation through better jhum cultivation practices that are more productive and sustainable, creating an ecological balance and translating into extension of the cultivation cycle by one to two years, with longer fallow periods (up to 15 years). It will also support jhum farming households in adopting alternative farming systems, particularly sedentary farming. Along with more productive wet-terrace rice fields and improved livestock systems, the project will enhance farmers’ incomes, reduce pressure on natural resources and increase resilience to climate change. As farmers move to more market-orientated production, the project will support improved market access and value chain development.

The Technical Assistance (TA) by FAO responds directly to practical ramifications of the economic transition and rural sector processes under way in the state of Mizoram. The Technical Assistance will combine gender-sensitive professional support and institution building, in tune with local stages of development in the rural sector, with research and information-sharing. This TA consultancy will make optimum use of FAO’s accumulated experience and know-how (technical aspects of SALT, TRC, animal husbandry, crop productivity and process/training methodologies) on farmer education and farmer institutions at local, state and national levels, as well as the Asia region.

The TA will improve the development and delivery of agriculture and animal husbandry knowledge by designing training materials and curricula tailor-made for introducing innovative methodologies. Training will be targeted at farmers as a mechanism to introduce improved agronomic and animal husbandry practices based on existing social and institutional stakeholders, issues and challenges - e.g., jhum, social mobilization, gender equity, community organization and group formation, in particular the Village Councils (VCs).

Primary Location: India-New Delhi

Duration: For up to 11 months on WAE Basis

Reporting Lines:

  • Under the direct supervision of the FAOR, India, technical guidance of the Lead Technical Officer and in close collaboration with other consultants and counterparts, the consultant will provide technical inputs on soil and water conservation in the project areas.

Technical Focus:

  • Expertise in soil and water conservation.


  • Provide technical support and training in preparation of land use plans to the Village Councils, project staff and communities in coordination with Soil and Water Conservation Department
  • Provide technical backstopping support and training to village level functionaries in use of the land use plans;
  • Provide technical support provided to the soil and water conservation measures under current jhum improvement through the construction of water harvesting ponds, low cost bunds and trenches, planting of the leguminous crops on contour bunds for improvement in soil fertility and moisture conservation
  • Provide technical support to soil and water conservation measures and technologies under fallow management through support to low cost contour bunding including log wood bunding, trenching, creating terraces using vegetative strips of fast growing tree species and grasses
  • Provide technical support and training to the FIG members on terracing and bunding in slope areas to facilitate uptake of Terraced Rice Cultivation
  • Provide technical support for SALT planning and implementation at the village level
  • Contribute technical inputs to the elaboration of environment and social impact assessments for the individual soil and water conservation measures to be implemented
  • Support coordination with other departments related to Agriculture, Environment and Forest for planning and implementation of soil and water conservation measures in Terraced Rice Cultivation (TRC), SALT and Community Conservation Areas (CCA)
  • Participate as an observer for trainings for block, circle and village officers by the Master Trainer (state and district officers) and provide feedback on the training and facilitation process;
  • Liaise as needed with the SOCRAN; and
  • Any other work as requested by FAO.

Qualifications and Experience:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Post Graduate degree natural resources management, agriculture sciences or equivalent.
  • 10  years of relevant experience of working with government agencies and of working in development projects
  • Working knowledge of English, Knowledge of Nagamese is desirable.
  • National of India or resident in the country.

 FAO Core Competencies:

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills:

  • At least ten year experience in soil and water conservation methods, especially in SALT and TRC.
  • Previous experience with projects financed from International Financial Institutions (World Bank, IFAD, Asian Development Bank etc.)
  • Previous experience in working with state government of Nagaland will be desired
  • Experience in TRC and SALT is an advantage. 
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